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COVID-19 Safety for Your Family

5/12/2021

Please review this information to keep your family safe:

SELF-QUARANTINE IF YOU TRAVEL

You shouldn't travel if you don't need to. Find out why and how traveling is risky, and see what qualifies as "essential travel." It is advised that you should avoid non-essential travel to any part of California more than 120 miles from your place of residence.

All persons arriving in or returning to their home county should self-quarantine for 10 days. Quarantine may be discontinued after 7 days with a negative molecular test completed on day 5 or later, and if asymptomatic. It is important that all members of a family who are not fully vaccinated get tested. 

Cluster of Cases Among People That Travel, Gather Indoors

Since mid-April, County Health Officials have seen an increase in cases among younger white residents. The cases are associated with travel including day trips, small social gatherings, and hosting visitors from out of the area. These cases have been from exposure in indoor settings.


GUIDANCE ON GATHERINGS

The rules about social gatherings, live-audience events, and other activities are loosening as COVID-19 infections decline and vaccination rates increase in Marin County and statewide. Beginning April 15, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has revised its guidance for gatherings to allow larger numbers of people to gather beyond the former three-household restriction. The allowable size of a gathering is tied to a county's tier within the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.  

Marin County is currently classified in the orange tier. Under the orange tier, the following restrictions are now in place for gatherings:

  • Outdoor gatherings: maximum of 50 people.
  • Indoor gatherings: strongly discouraged, but with a maximum 25% capacity where capacity limits exist or 25 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Private venues and events: defined as having a defined guest list and the ability to assign seating for guests, these gatherings are limited to a maximum of 300 people if attendees show proof of vaccination or a recent COVID test, 100 people otherwise. 

Additional details on gatherings, including precautions related to physical distancing, mask wearing, eating, and shouting or singing, may be found in the updated guidance from CDPH.

In its guidance, CDPH also reiterated recent recommendations from the CDC for fully vaccinated individuals. A person is fully vaccinated two weeks after a second dose of a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Under the CDC recommendations, fully vaccinated people can:

  • Spend time indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing masks or physical distancing.
  • Spend time with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if they are without symptoms (outside a workplace setting). 

FACE MASKS

As of May 3, face coverings are not required outdoors for fully vaccinated people except when attending outdoor events such as live performances, parades, fairs, festivals, sports events, or other similar settings. The guidelines are different for the unvaccinated; they must wear face coverings outdoors any time physical distancing cannot be maintained, including when attending outdoor events such as those listed above.  

In indoor settings outside of one's home, including while riding public transportation, face coverings continue to be required regardless of vaccination status.  

See the California Department of Public Health’s webpage for details.

Visit the County of Marin COVID-19 webpage for more information.